Baz Lurhmann has recruited Jay-Z as an executive producer of The Great Gatsby to round up the biggest acts for new and original music for The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
Jay-Z worked with music supervisor Anton Monsted to bring in Jack White, Bryan Ferry, Fergie, Beyonce, Florence + The Machine, will.i.am, The xx, Lana Del Ray and others to supply the music for the film.
Jay-Z contributed a new song titled ‘100$ Bill’ while his wife Beyonce has teamed with Andre 3000 for a cover of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back In Black’.
“F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is peppered with contemporary music references specific to the story’s setting of 1922. While we acknowledge, as Fitzgerald phrased it, ‘the Jazz Age,’ and this is the period represented on screen, we—our audience—are living in the ‘hip-hop age’ and want our viewers to feel the impact of modern-day music the way Fitzgerald did for the readers of his novel at the time of its publication.”
The merging of eras is evident in Bryan Ferry’s jazz re-recording of his Roxy Music classic ‘Love Is The Drug’.
“The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to ‘Moulin Rouge!’ made it a masterpiece, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’s’ score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience,” JAY Z said.
Lana Del Rey has recorded a new song ‘Young and Beautiful’ for the movie. “It was an honor to work with Baz Lurhmann on his amazing adaptation of one of the most extraordinary books ever written. The movie is highly glamorous and exciting; Rick Nowels and I were thrilled to write the song for the film,” she said.
The score is composed by Luhrmann’s regular collaborator, Craig Armstrong, who worked with the director on “Moulin Rouge!” and “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.”
‘The Great Gatsby’ trailer will be released on May 10.
The soundtrack tracklisting is:
1. 100$ Bill – JAY Z
2. Back To Black – Beyoncé x André 3000
3. Bang Bang – will.i.am
4. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock
5. Young And Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
6. Love Is The Drug – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
7. Over The Love – Florence + The Machine
8. Where The Wind Blows – Coco O. of Quadron
9. Crazy in Love – Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
10. Together – The xx
11. Hearts A Mess – Gotye
12. Love Is Blindness – Jack White
13. Into the Past – Nero
14. Kill and Run – Sia
The deluxe soundtrack will feature the above songs, plus three additional bonus tracks.
Check out the new trailer for The Great Gatsby: